We've been away for nearly 6 weeks now. Unbelievably, with all of the ups and downs that life throws at you, we're still here! We're back - and to make up for our absence we bring you the biggest Celtic Myth Podshow Special ever - again!! It's just over an hour and a half long! If you like to listen to the show while commuting, it might be an idea to split it up into two halves. If you stop just after our visit to see Duncan, you'll be all set for the story in the last half. :)
The Lughnasadh show has six wonderful pieces of music, a dreamy story, a poem and a beautifully sung version of that poem. We've also got a section about the festival of Lughnasadh from The Religion of the Ancient Celts by J A McCulloch.
We say hello to all of our online friends, especially those on Facebook and Twitter and send out a huge welcome to the new people joining us from Myspace. Welcome all!
We inform our listeners about the wonderful video interview with Ruthie taken by our friend, Paul Newman who has just released his first album, Summerama. Paul has had a recent bereavement and we send our love out to him.
At The Edge of the Cornish Sea by David Helfand
David Helfand composes and performs original and traditional music on Celtic Harp, mandocello, guitar, keyboards and percussion. Many of David's compositions were born through improvisation and drawn on the inspiration found in the power of music from many wondrous cultures.
As I returned from my maiden voyage from the land of Britain full of awe, unspeakable joy and deep reservoirs of inspiration, slowly the music started to speak. From the high craggy cliffs where the ruins of Tintagel castle lay overlooking the dark waters off Cornwall's shore, to the ancient majestic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and the dark mysteries of the Tower of London, the swirling maze of the city's streets and the magic of the standing stones on Salisbury Plain, I swam deep in the waters of imagination.
Shortly after returning home and embarking on creating "At the Edge of the Cornish Sea", I soon shared with the world, dark grief and immense sadness as the two towers crumbled to the earth creating it's deep grave of shattered lives and dreams. What once seemed important became insignificant against the dark clouds of sorrow.
Over the long months of searching for meaning and reasons to keep faith alive in the simple and profound moments in our lives, the realms of purpose slowly unfolded and once again music quietly spoke through the silence to deliver it's unworldly sense of beauty and hope. Remembering what an honor it is to be here in this world and cherishing the mystery of our lives humbly opened once again a door and gave me courage to dream.
You can find out more details about David on his website or on his Contributor page on this website.
Scant records remain of the ancient Celtic religion, beyond some eleventh- and twelfth-century written material from the Irish Celts and the great Welsh document Mabinongion. This classic study by a distinguished scholar, first published in 1911, builds not only upon the valuable hints supplied by the surviving texts but also upon the still-extant folk customs derived from the rituals of the old cults. A masterly and extremely readable survey, it offers a reconstruction of the essentials of Celtic paganism.
The Celt is portrayed as a seeker after God who links himself by strong ties to the unseen, eagerly attempting to conquer the unknown by religious rite and magic art. The earliest aspect of Celtic religion lies in the culture of nature spirits and of life manifested in nature, and this book offers fascinating glimpses into primitive forms of worship, depicting Celtic rites centered on rivers and wells, trees and plants, and animals.
The Druids maintained an optimistic view of the afterlife, and the author presents the subject from the comparative point of view, drawing upon evidence from Celtic burial mounds to elaborate upon ancient beliefs and customs related to the culture of the dead, including rites of rebirth and transmigration. Unabridged republication of the edition published by Constable and Company Limited, 1911.
Kiss The Mistress was formed 18 months ago and in that time has moved from folk club floor spots to main act bookings. Their debut CD About Time, released on the 20th March 2009 is already receiving rave reviews and their CD launch at the famous Cambridge Folk Club a fantastic night, attended and enjoyed greatly by an appreciative audience who had traveled from across the Eastern region to attend.
You can find out more details about Kiss The Mistress on their website or on their Contributor page on this website.
Autumn by Francis Ledwidge
Francis Ledwidge, the Irish nationalist and poet, was born in Slane on 19 August 1887 the son of a poor labourer. Leaving school at the age of 14 he worked in various manual labour positions while developing a love for and honing his own poetical talents. It was in 1911 that Ledwidge first received notable recognition for his poetry. Having sent a collection of his poems to well-known author Lord Dunsany he received a favourable response, Dunsany assuming the role of mentor to Ledwidge, introducing him to the Dublin literary scene.
Although possessing moderate Irish nationalist views Ledwidge nevertheless signed up with the British Army - the Irish Volunteers in October 1914 - to serve in France and Flanders during World War One, on the basis that it was unreasonable to expect others to fight for the freedoms that he would later enjoy. Despite his initial reluctance to enlist he nevertheless argued that his service with the British during World War One was in no way incompatible with his nationalist views: rather, he believed he was furthering the cause of Irish independence from Britain.
Odd's Bodkin is a trio comprised of Kenny Klein, Anna Klein, and Stephanie Rosalyn Mitchell, performing Celtic-Gypsy-Pagan-Sea Shanty music at ren faires, Pagan events, and other venues. Their music ranges from serious to whacky, and their shows are a bit unpredictable.
Original and Traditional British Isles, Celtic, and Gypsy music, Sea Shanties, Ballads and Weird Songs. Our new CD is available now on our other website, on this site, or at the Southern California Renaissance Faire and our other tour venues.
Keith’s spiritual and musical paths seemed to somehow converge in Ireland, the homeland of his pre-revolutionary war American ancestors. Several of his previous band’s most memorable performance experiences, in which the audience connection could only be described as magical, took place in Dublin. He will return to Dublin for his first solo acoustic performance (as Saint Narcissus) at Eamonn Doran’s on August 14, 2009.
In the intervening years, Keith has re-discovered his Celtic roots in Ireland as well as his new-found spiritual roots in their ancient Christian practices. Through immersion in research of many things Celtic, his writing continues to be heavily informed, inspired, and influenced by the world of Celtic myth and reality.
Autumn by Linda 'Mummy' Ballew
Ruthie's Mum sent us a beautifully sung version of Francis Ledwidge's poem Autumn in a superb coincidence for the season. We are so very proud of her version and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Linda spends her time helping others with a type of healing called 'Laughter Yoga'. You can find out more about this form of healing at the laughjoyfully.com website. She tells us that times are USA 6am, UK 11am. twenty minutes or so. US 1 712-423-3900 ,
Uk 001 712-432-2900 pin for both - 607 1292 # only Long Distance charges may apply.
365 days a year plus special occasions upon request. Birthdays, anniversaries, rites of passage, pagan and Christian rites - no charge but notice is needed for preparation.
SHE'LL come at dusky first of day,
White over yellow harvest's song.
Upon her dewy rainbow way
She shall be beautiful and strong.
The lidless eye of noon shall spray
Tan on her ankles in the hay,
Shall kiss her brown the whole day long.
I'll know her in the windrows, tall
Above the crickets of the hay.
I'll know her when her odd eyes fall,
One May-blue, one November-grey.
I'll watch her from the red barn wall
Take down her rusty scythe, and call,
And I will follow her away.
We read a wonderful message from Deb from the Hudson Valley, NY.
Celtic Language Podcasts
This course covers the absolute basics of Scottish Gaelic. The course introducing the listener to basic greetings, introductions, numbers, language problems and common words and phrases. The course is made up of ten lessons, each lasting just 2-3 minutes. Listeners can learn to communicate with Gaelic speakers and are sure to impress. The basic lessons for this course are available for free in our Lesson Library. To purchase the full version of this course, click the appropriate button below.
One Minute Gaelic provides an introduction to basic Gaelic. With this course you will not become fluent, but you will acquire a range of useful expressions which you can use while on a trip to a Gaelic-speaking part of Scotland. Your efforts are guaranteed to make a good impression on people you meet. The phrases included in this course have been specially chosen to help the learner make fast progress on the basics of Gaelic, with each new episode building on previously-learned knowledge
Welcome to Gaelcast, where programs filled with news, interviews, stories, music and more in Scottish Gaelic and English will be podcast every other week.
Gaelcast was founded by three people who have been involved in journalism, technology and Gaelic-language activities in the United States for many years: Mike MacKay, Ed Bradshaw and William (Liam) Cassidy.
Mike and Liam, who have learned Gaelic, often may be heard as foreign commentators on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal in Scotland. Liam and Ed also are involved in music, performing in the band known as Na Maragan.
Our aim is to produce audio programs that will be interest Gaelic speakers learners and native speakers wherever they may be in the wide world.
Letter to Gaelic Learners. Informative, educational and interesting. A special programme, in the form of a 'letter', specifically aimed at Gaelic learners who already haver some knowledge of the language. The text and audio file for Roddy Maclean's "Letter to Gaelic Learners" is available here each Friday afternoon. Listen while you read by clicking the listen icon on the Alba website.
Little Letter to Gaelic Learners. A simple letter for established Gaelic learners. Roddy Maclean has created this letter for learners who have progressed beyond basic learning, but find the Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh (Letter to Gaelic Learners) too advanced. Accompanying text is available in both English and Gaelic. Listen while you read by clicking the listen icon on the Alba website.
Learn Welsh. A podcast to help people learn to speak the Welsh language in a fun and simple way. The Learn Welsh podcast is designed tgo teach you conversdational Welsh that will help you to underestand other Weklsh speakers and to be understood yourself.
Damh is a modern-day Bard whose spirituality, and love of folk tradition, is expressed through his music, storytelling and poetry. Drawing on the Bardic traditions his performances are both entertaining and educational, weaving a tapestry of myth, peace, and anthems that speak directly to the heart, but never without a good splash of humour. Damh is a musical storyteller who works within the world of myth that cannot be proved; where the Faerie really do dance on Midsummer's Eve, where the trees talk, and the Hollow Hills take you into the realms of Annwn. Where the Goddess rides her horse, guiding you to magic, and the Horned God of old calls us from the shadows of the Greenwood.
Listen to this amazing song, originally written and performed by Gwydion Pendderwen. He released his first album, Songs for the Old Religion, in 1975, followed by a book of his music and lyrics titled Wheel of the Year in 1979. His second album, The Faery Shaman, was released in 1982. Both albums and the songbook were well-received by the Pagan community; the songbook included many songs which became classics within the community, and the two albums have since been collected as a two-CD set titled The Music of Gwydion, available from Serpentine Music. Gwydion also served for a time as a court bard to the West Kingdom of theSociety for Creative Anachronism.
You can find his music on iTunes, or from his website, Pagan Music. He is also the voice behind Druidcast, the official podcast of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD, for short) - modern day Druids. You can find Druidcast here and find out more about OBOD here. You can find out more details about Damh on his Contributor page on this website.
This course covers the absolute basics of Irish Gaelic. The course introducing the listener to basic greetings, introductions, numbers, language problems and common words and phrases. The course is made up of ten lessons, each lasting just 2-3 minutes. Listeners can learn to communicate with Irish speakers and are sure to impress. The basic lessons for this course are available for free in our Lesson Library. To purchase the full version of this course, click the appropriate button below.
One Minute Irish provides an introduction to basic Irish, or Gaeilge. With this course you will not become fluent, but you will acquire a range of useful expressions which you can use while on a trip to an Gaelic-speaking area of Ireland. Your efforts are guaranteed to make a good impression on people you meet. The phrases included in this course have been specially chosen to help the learner make fast progress on the basics of Irish, with each new episode building on previously-learned knowledge
Weekly Irish lessons for kids or beginners in a fun and easy to learn format. Brought to you by the creators of ri-ra.ie, online and interactive irish lessons for kids. Sadly, we could only find three episodes of this fine show.
Is é atá sa phodchraoladh seo ná míreanna ó chláracha Gaeilge BBC Raidió Uladh. Is é Blas príomhchlár Gaeilge an stáisiún, a chraoltar Luan, Máirt, Déardaoin agus Aoine á chur I láthair ag Lynette Fay, Tomaí Ó Conghaile is Brian Mullen. I rith Chraobhann Iomána agus Peile na hÉireann, tugann an clár An Domhnach Mór deis do lucht tacaíochta agus díograise na gcluichí a dtuairimí féin a nochtadh ina leith. Rogha míreanna ó na cláracha seo ar fad atá sa phodchraoladh. Bain sult as!
With eight CDs and a DVD to their name, OMNIA is one of the pioneers of the "PaganFolk" movement in Europe and has harvested international acclaim on many Pagan, Folk, Medieval, Gothic and Fantasy festivals, as well as in many theatres.
OMNIA's sound is a mix of the deep earthy tones of Luka Aubri-Krieger's didgeridoo, the incomparable harp, hurdy-gurdy and bodhran playing of Jennifer Evans-van der Harten, the unmistakable "DADGAD" guitar-groove of Joe Hennon, the flutes, bouzouki, drums, and ironic dialogue of front man Steve "Sic" Evans-van der Harten and the deep tribal drumbeats of Mich Rozek.
All of this is entwined and bound by haunting and powerful vocals singing in English, Gaelic, Breton, Latin, Finnish, German and Hindi...
You can find out more details about Omnia on their Contributor page on this website.
Special thanks go for permission to use their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.
Special thanks go for permission to use her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.
And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!
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